Federal Stimulus Act-Newsletter4

Stimulus and Nonprofits, Vol. 4 – MNN’s ARRA Newsletter – May 27, 2009

Dear Nonprofit Leader,

I hope that you made good use of MNN’s  ARRA Newsletter, Volumes 1, 2 and 3. Today we present Volume 4 of our research on the opportunities for nonprofits to participate in the economic recovery of our country. Please let us know if is useful and how it can be made more so and please share it.

Again, thank you to The Boston Foundation for generously providing financial support for this needed  project.


Dave Magnani,
Executive Director, 617-330-1188

P.S. Don’t forget to register for our Nonprofit Awareness Day and Excellence Award Ceremony on June 8. Speakers include Governor Deval Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senator Pro Tem Stanley Rosenberg, and Attorney General Martha Coakley.

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Where we are right now.

So far, Massachusetts has received $2.9 billion of the $8.7 billion it is expected to receive from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). (See the chart below for a list of funding notification by category allocated to date to Massachusetts). Although this figure has not changed since in the last two weeks, we do expect that Massachusetts will likely see additional funding allocated soon to reflect receipt of Massachusetts’ application for additional education funding. This above figure is exclusive of federal grant money that has been awarded to groups directly via a competitive process.

However, because of deadlines imposed by the Federal Government to ensure that money is allocated quickly and completely in order to spur short-term economic recovery, funds are quickly being made available through local and state agencies.

As has been noted in previous newsletters, most funding is coming to Massachusetts via block grants that go directly to state and local governments or directly to contracting agencies with existing funding and contractual relationships with the federal government.  Because of this, it is imperative that nonprofit organizations partner with state and local governments to make the most of ARRA funding. Collaboration is the key to securing funding as well as meeting the very explicit requirements set out by most ARRA funding opportunities.

MNN’s ARRA Newsletter Volume 4 includes newly released information on deadlines and specific requirements of many of the federal grant opportunities previously referenced in past newsletters. However, because we seek to provide new and relevant information, categories without new announcements or information have not been included. We suggest that you refer back to previous newsletters in order to have a comprehensive understanding of all the funding available in your category of interest.

If there is information that is not contained in this or previous newsletters which you would like us to know and/or to transmit to others, please email us at info@massnonprofitnet.org.

Program – Funds Allocated to Date

  • Adoption Assistance – $1,508,966.00
  • ARRA – Aging Congregate Nutrition Services for States – $1,403,578.00
  • ARRA – Aging Home-Delivered Nutrition Services for States – $690,992.00
  • CDBG Entitlement Grants – $20,015,653.00
  • CDBG State’s Program and Non-Entitlement Grants in Hawaii – $9,103,174.00
  • Child Nutrition Discretionary Grants Limited Availability – $1,404,025.00
  • Clean Water SRF – $133,057,300.00
  • Drinking Water SRF – $52,216,000.00
  • Educational Technology State Grants – $10,559,936.00
  • Employment Service / Wagner-Peyser Funded Activities – $8,063,456.00
  • Federal Work Study – $9,257,238.00
  • Foster Care-Title IV-E – $1,419,936.00
  • Health Center Integrated Services Development Initiative – $9,918,594.00
  • Healthy Homes Demonstration Grants – $1,749,940.00
  • Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program – $44,558,792.00
  • IDEA Part B Grants to States – $280,551,559.00
  • IDEA Part B Preschool Grants – $10,263,466.00
  • IDEA Part C Grants for Infants and Families – $7,361,826.00
  • Impact Aid Construction – $0.00
  • Independent Living State Grants – $286,391.00
  • Lead-based Paint Hazard Control in Privately-Owned Housing – $8,624,565.00
  • LUST Trust Fund Program – $3,118,000.00
  • MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM – $594,257,179.00
  • Native American Housing Block Grants (Formula) – $430,371.00
  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Formula Program – $25,044,649.00
  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Formula Program – $15,749,229.00
  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program – $774,492.00
  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP) OVC FY09 VOCA Victim Compensation Formula Grant Program (Assistance) – $930,000.00
  • Office of Justice Programs (OJP) OVC FY09 VOCA Victim Compensation Formula Grant Program (Compensation) – $271,483.00
  • Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Recovery Act STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program – $1,057,447.00
  • Public Housing Capital fund Stimulus (Formula) – $81,886,976.00
  • Section 8 Housing Assistance Payments Program Special Allocations – $118,982,618.00
  • Senior Community Service Employment Program – $516,999.00
  • Services for Older Individuals who are Blind – $778,450.00
  • State Administrative Matching Grants for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance – $3,326,983.00
  • State Clean Diesel Grant Program – $1,730,000.00
  • State Energy Program (A) – $54,911,000.00
  • State Fiscal Stabilization Fund – $994,258,205.00
  • Tax Credit Assistance Program – $59,605,630.00
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (Administrative Costs) – $428,940.00
  • The Emergency Food Assistance Program (Food Commodities) – $1,711,471.00
  • Title I Grants to Local Educational Agencies – $163,391,186.00
  • Vocational Rehabilitation State Grants – $7,068,629.00
  • Water Quality Planning (604b) – $1,343,900.00
  • Weatherization Assistance for Low-Income Persons (A) – $122,077,457.00
  • WIA Adult Program – $10,073,668.00
  • WIA Dislocated Workers – $21,223,446.00
  • WIA Youth Activities – $24,838,038.00
  • Total $ Allocated – $2,923,670,826.00

Reminder of Upcoming ARRA Deadlines

Please find below the upcoming deadlines for funding opportunities:

  • June 2, 2009 – Deadline for Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for   Community Health Centers
  • June 8th, 2009 – Deadline for Neighborhood Stabilization Fund – Technical Assistance Grants
  • June 15th, 2009 – Deadline for Enabling National Networking of Scientists and Resource Discovery Grants
  • June 15th, 2009 – HUD will start accepting applications for funding requests to green retrofit multi-family housing that is already HUD-assisted
  • June 25, 2009 – Deadline for Energy Efficiency and Conservation competitive grant program
  • June 30th, 2009 – Deadline for NCMHD Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research Planning
  • July 1st, 2009 – Deadline for NCMHD Exploratory Centers of Excellence Grants
  • July 7th, 2009 – Deadline for the Strengthening Communities Fund applications
  • July 17th, 2009 – Applications due for Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2)
  • Sept. 1, 2009 – Deadline for competitive grant applications to buy and rehabilitate foreclosed properties and other projects to stabilize neighborhoods and create affordable housing
  • Sept. 17th, 2009 – Deadline for Core Facility Renovation, Repair and Improvements Grants
  • Sept. 24th, 2009 – Deadline for Academic Research Enhancement Awards
  • June 30th, 2010 – Deadline for EDA Economic Recovery Program applications
  • June 31st, 2010 – Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis up until this date for Boston’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds
    Deadline for Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for   Community Health Centers
  • June 25, 2009 – Deadline for Energy Efficiency and Conservation competitive grant program.
  • June 15th, 2009 – HUD will start accepting applications for funding requests to green retrofit multi-family housing that is already HUD-assisted
  • June 25, 2009 – Deadline for Energy Efficiency and Conservation competitive grant program.
  • June 30th, 2009 – Deadline for NCMHD Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research Planning
  • July 7th, 2009 – Deadline for the Strengthening Communities Fund applications.
  • Sept. 1, 2009 – Applications due for round 2 of the Federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).
  • Sept. 1, 2009 – Deadline for competitive grant applications to buy and rehabilitate foreclosed properties and other projects to stabilize neighborhoods and create affordable housing.
  • June 30, 2010 – Deadline for EDA Economic Recovery Program applications.

Strengthening Nonprofits

Competitive Grants

The Strengthening Communities Fund
On May 11th, ACF announced the creation of the Strengthening Communities Fund (SCF) Nonprofit Capacity Building program. Through SCF, ACF will make 34 awards of $1 million to fund experienced lead organizations to provide nonprofit organizations capacity building training, technical assistance, and competitive financial assistance to participating nonprofit organizations. Lead organizations awarded funds under this announcement will serve their selected local nonprofit organizations in order to increase those project partners’ sustainability and improve their effectiveness.  It is intended that organizations receiving assistance from lead organizations will be better equipped as a result of this program to help low-income individuals secure and retain employment, earn higher wages, obtain better-quality jobs, and gain greater access to State and Federal benefits and tax credits.

In making the announcement, HHS noted that “the Federal Government recognizes the important work carried out by nonprofit organizations to address the needs of those suffering economic hardships” and that ” nonprofit organizations need capacity building assistance now to continue to serve those in need in their communities.”

Lead organizations will collaborate with their selected grassroots organizations in distressed communities offering capacity building activities in five critical areas: 1) organizational development, 2) program development, 3) collaboration and community engagement, 4) leadership development, and 5) evaluation of effectiveness.

SCF Nonprofit Capacity Building program funding can be used to address a broad array of economic recovery issues present in communities, including helping low-income individuals secure and retain employment, earn higher wages, obtain better-quality jobs, and gain greater access to state and Federal benefits and tax credits.

Specific examples include: use the funds to purchase computers or set up a computer lab to provide free, online information on State and Federal benefits for low- and moderate-income individuals; a local workforce assessment or other research designed to connect workers to employers; the development of a resource directory to help increase access to the benefits for which individuals and families are eligible.

Additional capacity building activities include: use of  funds to help participating organizations expand and strengthen programs and services to help low-income individuals secure and retain employment, earn higher wages, and obtain better-quality jobs, such as by providing job readiness and retention training; education/training; and other support services related to securing and retaining employment (e.g. emergency cash or food assistance, counseling, transportation, child care, and post-placement support).

Under this announcement, bonus points will be awarded to applicant organizations demonstrating that the applicant is an AmeriCorps*VISTA sponsor; i.e. the applicant will incorporate at least one AmeriCorps*VISTA member into the program design.  ACF also encourages applications from organizations that propose to work with and have experience working with grassroots organizations that historically have not been supported by Federal funds. Lead organizations must be established organizations with well-developed connections and working relationships with the nonprofit community in the well-defined geographic area they propose to serve.

Grantees must provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project. The non-Federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions. For more information please click hereThe deadline for these grants is July 7th, 2009.

Strengthening Communities Fund – State, Local, and Tribal Government
Capacity Building Program

Under this initiative, the Government will award funds to State, city, county, and community organizations to build the capacity of nonprofit faith-based and community organizations and increase nonprofit organizations’ involvement in the economic recovery.  ACF anticipates making 48 awards of $250,000 for a total of $12 million. Grantees will use program funds to provide free capacity building services to nonprofit  organizations, such as a beneficiary benefits clearinghouse, outreach and education, and training and technical assistance to improve awareness of and access to ARRA efforts/benefits and to improve organizational capacity to be active participants in ARRA efforts/benefits.

The purpose of this grant program is to build the capacity of government offices (and their designees) to assist nonprofit organizations in addressing the broad economic recovery issues present in their communities, including helping low-income individuals secure and retain employment, earn higher wages, obtain better-quality jobs, and gain greater access to state and federal benefits and tax credits.  SCF Capacity Building program grantees will use the funds in the following areas:

  • Conducting outreach and education aimed at increasing the involvement of nonprofit organizations in the economic recovery.
  • Providing training and technical assistance aimed at building the capacity of nonprofit organizations to address the broad economic recovery issues present in their communities.
  • Building the capacity of their State, local or Native American/Tribal government office or designee to better involve nonprofit organizations in the economic recovery.
  • Helping organizations develop the capacity to offer additional services based on new needs that have arisen from the economic downturn and new relevant ARRA efforts/programs for which the organizations might be eligible (e.g. offering weatherization activities or green jobs training).
  • Helping organizations form new partnerships to apply for ARRA funding/programs.
  • Helping organizations form/strengthen partnerships to better facilitate referrals for services/benefits.

Capacity building activities must produce measurable results for the authorized entities. Grantees will build their own capacity in one or more of the five critical areas of capacity building:  1) organizational development, 2) program development, 3) collaboration and community engagement, 4) leadership development, and 5) evaluation of effectiveness.

Under this announcement, the project and budget period is 24 months to allow grantees to maximize the grant award in order to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations that is both timely and efficient. Grantees must provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project. The non-Federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions.  Deadline is July 7, 2009. For more information see: here.

Health and Human Services

Competitive Grants

Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research
Planning Grants

The NIH National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) has designated up to $7 million for Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) planning grants to support community participation in health disparities intervention research- research that is jointly conducted by communities and researchers. NCMHD is interested in supporting intervention research studies using “CBPR principles” to reduce and eventually eliminate health disparities in any disease or condition of major concern to the community (e.g. cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality,) with emphasis on racial and ethnic minorities. The total amount of funding that NCMHD expects to award through this announcement is approximately $7 million. NIH anticipates awarding up to five grants for up to $375,000 in direct costs per year for a two-year planning grant proposal. The first six months of the first year of the grant would be devoted to partnership development, community needs assessment, identifying the disease/condition for intervention research, and planning the intervention methodology with substantial input from the community. During the remaining 18 months of the grant award, a pilot intervention research study will be conducted with community participation.

Those eligible for this grant include nonprofits with or without 501(c)(3) status with the IRS as well as faith-based or Community-based organizations and Hispanic-serving Institutions whose purposes are consistent with those of ARRA.  Please clickhere for more information. The deadline for this grant is June 30th, 2009.

This grant is ideally suited for collaboration between Massachusetts health care researchers and community based organizations. NIH defines CBPR as a process of scientific inquiry where community members, persons affected by the health condition, disability or issue under study, or other key stakeholders involved in the community’s health have the opportunity to be full participants in each phase of the work (from conception – design – conduct – analysis – interpretation – conclusions – communication of results). CBPR is also characterized by substantial community input in the development of the grant application.

For the purpose of this NIH grant, “community” refers to populations that may be defined by: geography, race, ethnicity, gender, illness, or other health condition, or to groups that have a common interest or cause, such as health or service agencies and organizations, health care or public health practitioners or providers, policy makers, or lay public groups with public health concerns. “Community-based organizations” refer to organizations that may be involved in the research process as members or representatives of the community. While not an exhaustive list, organizations as varied as colleges, state or local governments, independent living centers, other educational institutions such as junior colleges, advocacy organizations, health delivery organizations (e.g., hospitals), health professional associations, non-governmental organizations, and federally qualified health centers are possible community partners.

National Center for Minority Health Disparities (NCMHD) Exploratory
Centers of Excellence Grants

NIH’s National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) invites grant applications from eligible institutions/organizations that propose to establish an Exploratory NCMHD Center of Excellence (COE). NCMHD COE awards provide funding for hiring staff, researchers, community members, and trainees with the goal of augmenting and expanding the capacity and infrastructure of the institution and community to engage in research improving the health of nation and for preparing the next generation of researchers. Activities should be proposed that will benefit from significant 2-year funds without the expectation of continued NIH funding beyond two years. Like many other funding opportunities under ARRA, activities supported by NCMHD COE grants should have high short-term impact, and a high likelihood of enabling growth and investment in biomedical research and development, public health, and health care delivery.

Applications are specifically sought from institutions seeking support to 1) establish novel partnerships for community engagement/outreach efforts to eliminate health disparities, 2) establish new or enhance current research training infrastructure and capacity, including pipeline training programs, to prepare future biomedical, biobehavioral, and clinical researchers from minority, rural or low social and low economic status populations, and 3) to hire newly-recruited faculty to develop a research project within the context of the NCMHD Centers of Excellence program.

To be eligible for the COE in this FOA, applicant institutions are expected to have existing federal research support and/or research infrastructure as reflected in a level of NIH institutional funding of less than $80 million for the year 2008.  The Deadline is July 1, 2009. For more information see here.

Core Facility Renovation, Repair, and Improvement Grants
Under ARRA, $300,000,000 is allocated to the National Center for Research Resources, and NIH for the renovation, repair, or improvement of core facilities. Core facilities are defined as a “centralized shared resource that provides access to instruments or technologies or services, as well as expert consultation to investigators supported by the core.” The major objective of this grant is to upgrade core facilities to support the conduct of biomedical and/or behavioral research. Support can be requested to alter and renovate the core facility as well as to improve the general equipment in the core facility or to purchase general equipment for specialized groups of researchers. Specialized equipment over $100,000 in cost cannot be requested as part of this grant.  Awards will be expended expeditiously and that applicants are encouraged to consider the use of green technologies and design approaches as well as the creation or maintaining of jobs. Deadline is Sep 17, 2009 For more information see the full announcement here

Academic Research Enhancement Awards
The Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) program is funded through NIH and designed to stimulate research in educational institutions that have not been major recipients of NIH support. These AREA grants create opportunities for scientists and institutions otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH programs, to contribute to the Nation’s biomedical and behavioral research effort. AREA grants are intended to support small-scale health-related research projects proposed by faculty members of eligible, domestic institutions. It is estimated that up to 50 awards will be made in FY 2010  for up to a total of $300,000 direct costs plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A)/ indirect costs. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may be up to three (3) years.  Deadline is Sep 24, 2009   For more information here.

Enabling National Networking of Scientists & Resource Discovery Grant
ARRA appropriates $7.5 million for two awards to public and state controlled institutions of higher education to develop, enhance, or extend infrastructure for connecting people and resources to facilitate national discovery and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and scientific exchange. NIH seeks implementation and evaluation of a national prototype in research networking and implementation at the end of the two-year project period. NIH requires that a diversity of institutions be included to ensure broad applicability and national impact which could include institutions of varying sizes and levels of existing infrastructure; urban, suburban, and rural settings; and racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity. Deadline is Jun 15, 2009. More information available here.

Labor and Workforce Development

On May 14th, Massachusetts announced more than $2.59 million in federal recovery funds for the The North Shore via the North Shore Workforce investment board for the one-stop career centers in Gloucester, Lynn and Salem. Click here to view the May 14th press release.

On May 11th, Massachusetts announced more than $1.79 million in federal recovery funds for the Franklin and Hampshire communities via the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board for the one-stop career centers in Greenfield and Northampton. Click here to view the May 11th press release.

Competitive Grants

Department of Labor Recover Act Competitive Grant Opportunities
As outlined in earlier newsletters, ARRA provides $750 million for a program of competitive grants for worker training and placement in high growth and emerging industry sectors. In order to maximize the impact of these competitive grants and leverage the other investments in the Recovery Act, the Department of Labor (DOL) is collaborating with other Federal agencies and developing a multi-pronged investment approach with these funds. DOL plans to issue Solicitations for Grant Awards (SGA) no later than June 30, 2009 which will lay out specific requirements for use of the funds, certification, data reporting, performance measures, and other necessary information.

However, in preparation for the awards notice, DOL has recently specified that $500 million will be targeted for research, labor exchange, and job training projects that prepare workers for careers in energy efficiency and renewable energy; energy efficient building, construction, and retrofitting; renewable electric power; energy efficient and advanced drive train vehicles; biofuels; deconstruction and materials use; energy efficiency assessment for residential, commercial, or industrial sector, and manufacturing of sustainable products using sustainable processes.

The remaining $250 million will be for projects in other high growth and emerging industry sectors with a priority for projects that prepare workers for careers in the health care sector and projects that are tied to industry sectors where jobs are being created as a result of Recovery Act investments such as infrastructure investments.  Specific funding opportunities related to this notice will be forthcoming and will be posted here and DOL’s website.

The EDA American Recovery Program
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has appropriated $150,000,000 for the EDA American Recovery Program under the auspices of the Public Works and Economic Development Act (PWEDA) and is soliciting applications. Eligible applicants include a(n): (i) District Organization; (ii) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (iii) State, a city or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; (iv) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or (v) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

EDA will give priority consideration to those applications that will significantly benefit regions “that have experienced sudden and severe economic dislocation and job loss due to corporate restructuring,” as stipulated under the Recovery Act. EDA provides financial assistance to distressed communities in both urban and rural regions. Such distress may exist in a variety of forms, including high levels of unemployment, low income levels, large concentrations of low-income families, significant declines in per capita income, large numbers (or high rates) of business failures, sudden major layoffs or plant closures, trade impacts, military base closures, natural or other major disasters, depletion of natural resources, reduced tax bases, or substantial loss of population because of the lack of employment opportunities.

The closing deadline for applications is June 30, 2010. For more information about the grant, eligibility, and funding, please visit here.

Clean Energy and Environment

State Agencies
Governor Patrick announced on May 18th that federally-backed zero interest bonds for renewable energy projects would be available for municipalities, state agencies and other public entities’ work on solar, wind and other renewable power projects. While not specifically available for nonprofits, there may be additional opportunities for partnerships as money will be put into this sector of the economy. Please click here for the press release.

Direct Federal Funding

Green Retrofit Program for Multifamily Housing
$250 million in ARRA funds will be focused on promoting energy efficiency and green retrofitting in multi-family housing. The Green Retrofit Program for Multifamily Housing will put $15,000 per unit in the hopes of reducing energy costs and water waste with improvements. Eligible applicants are those who already receive HUD assistance (Section 8 project-based rental assistance or the Departments Section 202 (elderly) and Section 811 (disabled) programs). Applications for these grants and loans will be accepted beginning June 15th, 2009. This funding has a two-fold purpose: both to encourage green building and lower energy use as well as create new jobs for those in the green economy. Click here for more details.


Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG)
As mentioned in our first newsletter, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued guidance for formula-based federal stimulus funding available to cities and towns under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. EECBG appropriates approximately $1.9 billion for formula grants to eligible cities and counties and $767 million for formula grants to states. Each state is required to pass not less than 60 percent of its allocation through to cities and counties within the state that are ineligible for direct formula grants from the DOE.

Grants can be used for energy efficiency and conservation programs and projects community wide, and renewable energy installations in or on government buildings. Activities eligible for use of funds include:

  • Development of an energy efficiency and conservation strategy
  • Building energy audits and retrofits, including weatherization
  • Financial incentive programs for energy
  • Transportation programs to conserve energy
  • Building code development, implementation, and inspections
  • Installation of distributed energy tech.,  including district heating and cooling systems
  • Material conservation programs including source reduction and recycling
  • Reduction/capture of greenhouse gas generated by landfills or waste-related sources
  • Installation of energy efficient traffic signals and street lighting
  • Installation of renewable energy technologies in or on government buildings
  • Other activity that meets the purposes of program and approved by DOE

The forty-two Massachusetts communities with more than 35,000 residents are eligible for direct funding from the US DOE. The MA Dept. of Energy Resources (DOER) will apply for and receive the funds from US DOE to distribute to communities with fewer than 35,000 residents. The amount of funding for these sub grants, and for DOER programming and assistance, is $14,752,100, of which 60% must be provided in sub grants. All funds must be obligated/committed within 18 months of the effective date of the award and expended within 36 months of the effective date of the award.

Below is a list of the predetermined funding amounts for communities larger than 35,000 residents.

State Name Government Level Allocation
MA Massachusetts State Energy Office $14,752,100
MA Amherst, Town of City $162,000
MA Arlington, Town of City $159,700
MA Attleboro City $179,600
MA Barnstable Town City $202,400
MA Beverly City $169,600
MA Billerica, Town of City $180,200
MA Boston City $6,506,200
MA Brockton City $865,000
MA Brookline, Town of City $494,400
MA Cambridge City $1,139,400
MA Chelsea City $164,000
MA Chicopee City $499,100
MA Everett City $149,300
MA Fall River City $861,300
MA Fitchburg City $168,000
MA Framingham, Town of City $657,000
MA Haverhill City $542,700
MA Holyoke City $175,700
MA Lawrence City $651,300
MA Leominster City $175,500
MA Lowell City $954,700
MA Lynn City $788,100
MA Malden City $501,500
MA Marlborough City $178,000
MA Medford City $504,000
MA Methuen City $179,200
MA New Bedford City $869,300
MA Newton City $799,600
MA Peabody City $494,200
MA Pittsfield City $189,100
MA Plymouth, Town of City $514,300
MA Quincy City $881,200
MA Revere City $485,500
MA Salem City $174,300
MA Somerville City $651,100
MA Springfield City $1,498,200
MA Taunton City $519,600
MA Waltham City $630,500
MA Westfield City $170,300
MA Weymouth, Town of City $485,800
MA Woburn City $174,600
MA Worcester City $1,733,000


State Funding

IDEA, Part C ARRA funding
The state is going to receive an additional $7.3 million in IDEA, Part C funding. This funding is for direct early intervention programs for infants and toddlers with disabilities. The program focuses on diagnosing and partnering families with the appropriate private and public programs or the child’s benefit. Organizations that work with disabled children could potentially work with the school districts and the accompanying IDEA program. At this time it is unclear when the state will be receiving this aid, however, all funds must be obligated by September 30th, 2011.here and here for more information.

IDEA, Part B Preschool Grants
The state will also receive $10 million in additional funds for preschool aged children with disabilites. This money will also go to providing direct services to children, especially in areas of school-readiness. Click here for more details.

Competitve Grants

The Teacher Quality Partnership program
This grant seeks to improve the quality of new teachers working in high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) and high-need schools by creating successful and high-quality model Pre-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation programs and/or Teaching Residency programs for those qualified to begin teaching. DOE expects to fund 50 projects for a total of $100 million. Projects may also include a school leadership component to train superintendents, principals, early childhood educator program directors and other school leaders in high-need or rural LEAs. Initiatives to support development of digital education content, to improve the quality of pre-baccalaureate teacher preparation programs, and/or to enhance the quality of pre-service training for prospective teachers are also supported.

An eligible grant applicant is a partnership that includes, at a minimum: (1) A high-need local educational agency (LEA); (2) A high-need school or a consortium of high-need schools served by the high-need LEA and/or, as applicable, a high-need early childhood education program; (3) A partner institution of higher education; (4) A school, department, or program of education within such partner institution, which may include an existing teacher professional development program with proven outcomes within a four-year institution of higher education that provides intensive and sustained collaboration between faculty and LEAs consistent with the requirements of the law; and (5) A school or department of arts and sciences within such partner institution. The partnership may also include the governor of the state, a business. and other types of educational entities, e.g., state board of education, charter school, or teacher organization.

Housing and Community Development

Boston now has $4 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds for organizations to buy and rehabilitate foreclosed properties to create new homeownership and rental housing in neighborhoods of Boston which have had direct consequences of foreclosures. These funding is to be used in areas that are considered high-risk where affordable housing would help these vulnerable communities. Applicant packets are now available at the DND, Bid Counter, 26 Court Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02108 or online at www.dnd.gov. Applications will be accepted on a rolling admission basis until June 21, 2010 or until funds have been exhausted.

Competitive Grants

Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 (NSP2)

As was mentioned in a previous newsletter this is a competitive grant that is open to nonprofits to buy and rehabilitate foreclosed properties and other projects to stabilize neighborhoods and create affordable housing.  Neighborhood Stabilization Program 2 which is funded at $1.93 billion is a follow up to the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1 (NSP1) grants, which have already been designated. Applications for the NSP2 grants are due July 17th, 2009.

As in NSP1, recipients will use the funds awarded under NSP2  to stabilize neighborhoods whose viability has been and continues to be damaged by the economic effects of properties that have been foreclosed upon and abandoned. Eligible applicants include states, units of general local government, nonprofits, and consortia of nonprofits. Any applicant may apply with a for-profit entity as its partner. There will be two competitions. Under the program round in this notice, applicants will compete for up to $1.93 billion of NSP2 funds to carry out neighborhood stabilization programs. Under the technical assistance round (see below) in a separate notice, applicants will compete for no more than $50 million of NSP2 funds to provide technical assistance, to include capacity building of local communities receiving NSP1 or any entity receiving NSP2 funding to carry out neighborhood stabilization.

Successful proposals will receive $5 million at minimum. Rating factors will include grantee capacity to execute projects, leveraging potential, and concentration of investment to achieve neighborhood stabilization. There are some discrepancies between NSP1 and NSP2 in terms of what constitutes as an eligible proposal. Under NSP2 (1) A land bank is redefined to include operational costs and is expanded to included residential properties, not just foreclosed homes (2) Limits redevelopment of vacant or demolished property only as housing (3) Demolition of public housing is prohibited. Grantees are also expected to expend 50% of their funding within two years and 100% within three, as oppose to the four year timeline set for NSP1 funds.  Please click here for more details.

Neighborhood Stabilization Fund- Technical Assistance Grants
HUD has made $50 million available to be allocated by competition to technical assistance (TA) providers of HUD’s community development programs grantees and subrecipients; $11.5 million is available for local TA activities and the remaining $38.5 million is available for national and regional TA activities. HUD has established a $750,000 award minimum for successful national TA applications.Eligible National TA activities include: the development of written products, on-line materials and training courses as well as the delivery of direct TA. HUD has established a $500,000 award minimum for successful local applications. Eligible Local TA activities are limited to the development of needs assessments and the delivery of direct TA.

Eligible entities include states, local governments and non profits. While a consortium of organizations may apply, one organization must be designated as the lead applicant for the consortium. HUD will select NSP-TA providers on the basis of capacity and experience in: 1) undertaking the eligible TA activities; 2) the ability to manage and expend the requested level of funds within the three-year performance period; and 3) leveraging resources by using existing materials and limiting duplicative efforts.

Deadline date is June 8, 2009. For Full application see: here.

Children and Families

Direct Federal Funding

Recovery Act WIC EBT Expansion
The ARRA will provide a total of $100 million to be used by WIC state agencies to work on their management information systems (MIS) for their programs so that they will comply with new requirements. While this grant is for a state agency, there seems to be opportunity for a non-profit to work with, or sub-contract with the states WIC agency. Contact your local/state WIC agency. Applications close June 26, 2009. Click here for more information.

Head Start Expansion
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) has announced that it is soliciting applications from existing federally funded Head Start agencies to compete for $102 million in funds to provide services to unserved children and families residing in the defined federally approved service areas or, nearby unserved areas. ACF expects to make 200 grants of no more than $5 million each. Funding will support an increase in the enrollment of additional children as well as create new teaching positions in Head Start programs. This expansion is only to increase the number of pre-school age children served in Head Start. Grantees may propose to serve areas that are currently unserved as long as they can demonstrate they meet the statutory requirement to be a Head Start provider in that community; i.e. an agency that would be understood by the community as a local agency, within a community; an agency that has some presence in that community; or the community is contiguous to its current service area and the community demonstrates its support for the applicant to be a Head Start provider in the community. Applicants proposing to both expand within their current service area and to establish a new program in an unserved area must submit separate applications. Deadline is Jun 23, 2009 See here

Competitive Grants

Early Head Start Grants
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) is soliciting applications from public or private non-profit organizations, including faith-based organizations or for-profit organizations, that wish to compete for $619 million in funds to provide Early Head Start services to pregnant women, infants and toddlers and their families. Funding will support an increase in the enrollment of additional children as well as create new teaching and other positions within Early Head Start programs. ACF expects to make 600 awards. Financial assistance will be competitively awarded to public and non-profit and for-profit private entities, including Early Head Start and Head Start grantees, to provide child and family development services for low-income families with infants and toddlers ages birth to three years and pregnant women who are not currently being served by a Head Start or Early Head Start program. The purpose of the Early Head Start program is to enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development; to provide support, direct services, and referrals to pregnant women; to support parents’ efforts to fulfill their parental roles; and to help parents move toward self-sufficiency. Successful applicants will be subject to reporting requirements consistent with current Head Start regulations. All interested applicants can access information that will inform the design of quality Early Head Start programs that meet the requirements of the Head Start Program Performance Standards and other regulations and the Head Start Act on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center. Deadline is July 09, 2009. See here for the full announcement.

Community Services Block Grant Training and Technical Assistance Program: Capacity-Building for Ongoing CSBG Programs and Strategic
Planning and Coordination

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) is soliciting applications for grant awards to fund up to 48 statewide capacity-building collaborations. Each collaboration will include the following two major component areas: 1) Capacity-Building for Ongoing CSBG Programs, 2) Strategic Planning and Coordination supported by ARRA.
ACF will provide a separate grant award for each project for a total of 96 grant awards under this announcement. Estimated total program funding for Part 1 (Capacity Building for Ongoing CSBG Programs) is $1,200,000 and estimated total program funding for Part 2 (Strategic Planning and Coordination supported by ARRA) is $3,840,000. Applicants may apply for up to $25,000 per 12-month budget period for Part 1. Applicants also may apply for up to $80,000 per 12-month budget period for Part 2.

For both Part I and Part 2 grantees, funds will be used to provide training and technical assistance on improving program quality (including financial management), management information and reporting systems, measurement of program results, and responsiveness to identified local needs. OCS has determined that key technical assistance needs include statewide efforts designed to 1) ensure coordination of Community Action Program Recovery Act projects, 2) inform communities of available services, 3) document community results; and 4) prepare communities to sustain the impact of Recovery Act funds.

Eligible applicants are eligible entities (as defined in the CSBG Act), or statewide or local organizations or associations, with demonstrated expertise in providing training to individuals and organizations on methods of effectively addressing the needs of low-income families and communities.

Applicants for funding under this announcement must be recognized by the State CSBG lead agency as a technical assistance provider for eligible entities within the State and must include a letter of endorsement from the State CSBG lead agency.

Due date is July 12, 2009.
See here for the full announcement.

Helpful websites:

Full list of federal grants available through the Recovery Act

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  • May 29 – Nonprofit Congress-Boston area meeting
  • June 8 – Nonprofit Awareness Day and Nonprofit Excellence Awards Ceremony
  • November 13 – MNN / Associated Grant Makers Annual Conference – “Grantmakers and Grantees for the Common Good” | Sheraton Framingham

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